Should we be surprised? Our guy in Washington, Congressman Glenn Grothman, joined 191 other Republicans and one independent, to vote against letting Medicare negotiate lower drug prices for seniors. So far, no explanation for his vote has been given, but this too is an example of toeing the Republican Party line and not listening to his constituents. Numerous surveys from various organizations have suggested that 93 percent of Americans want the government to negotiate for reduced drug costs, already among the highest for any developed nation in the world.
So, what are the chances the Republican-controlled Senate will go along with the House bill? Like most measures passed by the House, which is controlled by the Democratic Party, slim to none. Thanks Glenn.
According to an item in the Huddle, “a play-by-play preview of the day’s congressional news,” published by POLITCIO, our guy in Washington, Glenn Grothman, a self-styled champion of downtrodden men everywhere, earned some laughs and then some groans during a hearing of the House Oversight Committee when he once again decried the plight of men: Here is what POLITICO wrote:
“GROTHMAN GOES THERE — The House Oversight Committee held a hearing on paid family and medical leave policies yesterday, with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) presiding over her first official hearing since being elected chairwoman.
“But Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) elicited some laughs — and groans — when he said that a lot of the research on the topic was focused on females. ‘We get briefings on this, and everything’s focused on the women, the women, the women, which is good,’ he said. But he added: ‘was there any analysis on the man’s side on the effect of this law?’ The female witness responded by saying it’s important to note that four out of every five leaves are actually taken for a worker’s own illness or caregiving.
“But the comments from Grothman — who once decried the “war on men” — irked some of his Democratic colleagues. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz quipped: ‘Can we give him another five minutes?’
“One female lawmaker was overheard saying ‘that is good’ that the research is focused on women. And Rep. Jamie Raskin tweeted afterward: ‘Rep. Grothman just observed @RepMaloney’s first hearing as @OversightDems Chair & our inquiry into the need for nat’l paid family & medical leave by bemoaning that the issue seems to be about ‘women, women, women.’ It’s actually about all of us—women, men, children, babies.’
Republican Congressman Glen Grothman in Fond du Lac this morning.
This is what is called a tease.
This morning I attended another one of 6th District Rep. Glenn Grothman’s town halls. This one in the city council chambers in Fond du Lac. As is typical at his town halls, Grothman, who is a Republican, did not have a lot of nice things to say about Democrats, although he regularly takes the time at these meetings to explain that he has a lot of Democratic Party friends in Congress. Hmm.
The three-term Congressman usually starts his meetings with about a 20-minute “legislative report” where he provides updates on legislative initiatives that involve him or which he supports. Then he opens the meetings up to what is billed as a question-and-answer session.
The questions come from those in attendance, but Grothman and his handlers ask that the questions be written down on cards during the registration process that proceeds the meetings. They also want your name and allied information, such as phone number and email address. Providing this information is optional.
During the question-and-answer period, one of Grothman’s staff calls out the name of someone submitting a question. At some town halls, the staffer reads the question. This morning, they did not. This gave those who had written their questions the opportunity to ask their question themselves.
This worked, but not always, and not always well, as when given an opportunity to ask their question, many people decided to elaborate or expand on their question. This meant there were a number of mini-speeches. Lots of opinions.
By itself, that wasn’t necessarily bad as many questions were somewhat detailed or complex.
Where things broke down was Grothman’s answers and his handlers tendency to call on someone else when Grothman struggled to provide an answer or when the questionnaire felt Grothman was deflecting or simply avoiding to answer. In essence, his handlers were sayng, “time to move on.”
Like most pols, Grothman is very adept at not providing direct answers (is there a school somewhere for pols who need to learn how to answer without really answering?).
So what were the questions and what were the answers (sure as they were)?
Sorry, you have to give me some time to review by notes before providing the answers (such as they were).
But check back and I’ll share with you Grothman’s comments on a wide variety of topic’s, including President Trump’s performance in office, the condition of migrants being housed at the border, gun registrations, assault rifles, social security, college loans, the first amendment, health care costs, his ability to have influence in Congress, whether or not it is OK for the President to ask a foreign state to interfere in our elections, Joe Biden’s son Hunter, and where those who don’t like living here should go instead.
All in all, whenever Grothman speaks, it is worth listening to, whether you agree with him or not.
Our guy, Glenn Grothman, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would allow you and me, and presumably all our friends, to fund the wall that President Trump wants to build for perhaps $25 billion.
In an article in the Jan. 4 Journal Sentinel Grothman, who represents Wisconsin’s 6th District in Congress (us) is quoted as saying that he introduced the bill because “many Wisconsinites” have asked him how they could help fund the wall.
Guess they have lots of money burning holes in their pockets. Grothman, like President Trump, did not feel is necessary to provide actual figures to justify his “many Wisconsinites” statement. So Glenn, how many? Five, 23, 261, 10,000? Help us out here, please.
Glenn, being the innovative guy that he is, recently came up with the idea of crowdsourcing the project. Grothman’s office said he introduced “The People’s Border Wall Fund Act,” enabling Americans to “personally fund the construction of a wall on the Southern border.”
According to a news release, Grothman’s measure “would create an account within the Department of Treasury that would allow public donations (to) be used for the design, construction and maintenance of a border wall.”
There’s no mention in the news release that throughout his run for president, Trump said Mexico would actually pay for the wall. Small detail, right?
In November, Grothman earned his third term by somehow defeating first-time candidate Dan Kohl, a Democrat.
Our boy Republican Glenn Grothman has been busy so far this year in the 116th Congress (2019-2020).
He has sponsored or co-sponsored a slew of bills in the House of Representatives. The bills he, his staff, or the various special interest groups that often provide the language for legislation, have promoted tend to reflect Grothman’s ultra conservative, right wing political agenda.
For example, in addition to the bill that would allow for crowdfunding of Donald Trump’s wall, Grothman’s name is on legislation that would deny federal funding to sanctuary cities or counties that are in violation of federal immigration laws; prohibit abortions in cases where there is a fetal heartbeat; place a moratorium on Federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.; provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization; amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose Federal taxes on bonds used to provide facilities owned by abortion providers.
Unless otherwise noted, Rep. Grothman is a co-sponsor of a particular bill
H.R.516 To make any city or county that has in effect any law or ordinance that is in violation of Federal immigration law ineligible for any Federal grant, and for other purposes. Sponsor:Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 01/11/2019) Cosponsors: (12) Committees: House – Judiciary, Oversight and Reform, Education and Labor Latest Action: House – 01/11/2019 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Reform, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the…
H.R.491 To amend title 37, United States Code, to provide for the continuance of pay and allowances for members of the Armed Forces, including reserve components thereof, during lapses in appropriations. Sponsor:Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1] (Introduced 01/11/2019) Cosponsors: (19, including Rep. Grothman) Committees: House – Armed Services Latest Action: House – 01/11/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.
H.R.490 To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat is detectable. Sponsor:Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Introduced 01/11/2019) Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: House – 01/11/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R.380 To amend the Federal Power Act to require the consideration of invasive species when prescribing fishways, and for other purposes. Sponsor:Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 01/09/2019) Cosponsors: (1) Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 01/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
H.R.369 To provide for a moratorium on Federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Sponsor:Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] (Introduced 01/09/2019) Cosponsors: (95) Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 01/09/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
H.R.367 Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019 Sponsor:Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 01/09/2019) Cosponsors: (62) Committees: House – Appropriations, Transportation and InfrastructureLatest Action: House – 01/09/2019 Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the…
H.R.305 To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization. Sponsor:Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10] (Introduced 01/08/2019) Cosponsors: (19) Committees: House – JudiciaryLatest Action: House – 01/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R.299 To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes. Sponsor:Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] (Introduced 01/08/2019) Cosponsors: (122)Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs Latest Action: House – 01/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
H.R.296 To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes. Sponsor:Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5] (Introduced 01/08/2019) Cosponsors: (74) Committees: House – Energy and Commerce Latest Action: House – 01/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
H.R.271 No Work Without Pay Act Sponsor:Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5] (Introduced 01/08/2019) Cosponsors: (14) Committees: House – Appropriations Latest Action: House – 01/08/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.
H.R.256 To allow the Secretary of the Treasury to accept public donations to fund the construction of a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border, and for other purposes. Sponsor:Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 01/04/2019) Cosponsors: (8) Committees: House – Ways and Means Latest Action: House – 01/04/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
H.R.238 To authorize the President to award the Medal of Honor to James Megellas, formerly of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and currently of Colleyville, Texas, for acts of valor on January 28, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Sponsor:Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 01/03/2019) (Private Legislation) Cosponsors: (0) Committees: House – Armed Services Latest Action: House – 01/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.
H.R.219 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose Federal taxes on bonds used to provide facilities owned by abortion providers. Sponsor:Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 01/03/2019) Cosponsors: (42) Committees: House – Ways and MeansLatest Action: House – 01/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
H.R.140 Birthright Citizenship Act of 2019 Sponsor:Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Introduced 01/03/2019) Cosponsors: (27) Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: House – 01/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R.74 Grant’s Law Sponsor:Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 01/03/2019) Cosponsors: (14) Committees: House – Judiciary Latest Action: House – 01/03/2019 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.